Saturday, April 16, 2011

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center Newsletter - April 16, 2011

Greetings everyone,

The deaf community in general is struggling with labels. Labels have been an
lingering issue for decades however with the advent of video blogging technology
the issue is now producing explosive dialogue and is producing shocking effects
on the social implications. Labels in the deaf community refers as to the famed
"deaf enough" scale. If you're deaf, "How deaf are you?" or are you "Deaf or
not deaf enough to be a deaf leader" and so on. The discussions have been
reflecting on how the deaf community co-exists with diversity within and this
refers greatly to communication modalities. The sign language minority
traditionally has been highly resistant to accepting members that use oral or
cued methods. It goes all the way to a deaf extremist leader pointing out that
oral and cued methods are not part of diversity within the deaf community but
parts of diversions that causes divisions within the deaf community. The debate
of labels rages on and with the use of video blogging technology, the intensity
of the debate becomes stronger as we notice.

Our pet expo booth has broken it's first day fundraising record yesterday as
we've taken on a new strategy of informing parents of newborn babies of the
communication options available. People liked what we were doing and they
responded with donations. Given its a pets expo, a lot of deaf and disabled
people came. The new strategy is associated with AB 2072 information and can be
found at and the page itself a recent
recipient of a top blog award from the Licensed Practice Nurses organization.

We are selling shopping passes for the Macy's Community Shopping Day. You can
find more information about this event at!/event.php?eid=205219526173966 If you know what
this is all about and want to go straight to the purchase page click on

We have a Bowling Tournament in August 27, 2011\

We have a sign language competition on September 10, 2011\

We are starting a bowling league that mainstreams deaf bowlers with the rest of
the society. It begins on September 18, 2011\

Our monthly meetups are coming up very soon. Look down further into this
newsletter for more information.

And finally, we are putting together a very resourceful booth to be at the
Orange County Fair this summer and I will need your help in keeping our ebay
store up and running while the fair is on and the best way you can help me out
is through the link.

Richard Roehm, Chairman
On behalf of Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center


Our ebay store

Funds raised would go to supporting a variety of advocacy, training, education,
outreach, and residency programs offered by the Orange County Deaf Advocacy

Were always adding many new items each month.

Your support is always needed. Please visit the store and see our new items.


Our meetups scheduling will resume starting May 2011. Please join a group for
more information.

The Orange County Deaf & Hearing Impaired Meetup Group

The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group

Oral Deaf Orange County


Signs of spring: Revue targets deaf, hearing audiences

A Cuban tosses a half-smoked cigar out a train window, "because we've got lots
of them. "A Russian sipping a glass of vodka chucks the rest for the same
reason. And a deaf person gives the heave-ho to a hearing person ... .

Read more at :\


Deaf and blind students to perform creative dance "Alice In Wonderland"

Students at Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are preparing to perform
"Alice In Wonderland"— not as a play — but in creative dance form.

Read more at :\


Help us raise some funds with our tupperware fundraiser.

Our tupperware fundraiser


Jane Lynch Reveals She's Deaf in One Ear

Opening up about her hearing disability, the 'Glee' actress shares that she
realized about the problem when she was playing with her brother.

Read more at :


Six-figure Inova settlement sheds light on patient-care issues

Hearing-impaired not provided full services, advocate says.

Read more at :


Donate to Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is a transparent organization serving the
needs of people with disabilities and our transparency is visible at\
and we are current with our State of California reporting requirements.

Give us a hand. Go to


St. Cloud Hospital screens the world's first documentary on deaf people and
health care

St. Cloud Hospital will screen "Signing On," the world's first documentary on
deaf people and how they access the health care system and cope with illness,
from 4:15-6:15 p.m. April 28 in the Windfeldt Room at CentraCare Health Plaza.

Read more at :



The rise of a new American culture

Read more at :\


Paypal is one super online payment system we all come to know for now. However a
new company called VirtaPay is rising up using the same babysteps as paypal.
They need at least 3 million members before they can open up to the public and
your help is needed. We will get $10.00 for each new VirtaPay signup. New
signups will be given $25.00 in startup funds. Now isn't that a win win
situation for you and our organization?



Hamill fights way through adversity

Matt Hamill is one of the more inspiring athletes you could meet.

Read more at :\


Indiana Baseball Preview

This is Troy Truelove, a head coach for Indiana baseball and Shannon Smith is an
assistant coach as well. I have a many very young team with some veterans coming
back from last year squad (Kyle Bingham, Trevor Stonebaker, Travis Collette,
Tony Long and Dylan Osbourne) showing some experience in high school level. The
newcomers are Duke Smith, Kenny Long, Austin Phillips, Andrew Brown, Mitch Davis
and Mitchell Slagle.

Read more at :\


For over 37 years, Labels for Education® has supported organizations across the
country by providing more than $110 million in free educational merchandise.
This year, the Labels for Education program is getting even better with a new
look and focus on the Arts, Athletics and Academic enrichment programs that can
spark children's successes. Labels for Education is also adding new partnerships
and resources. With your help, the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center can make
this year the best ever! To meet our goals, we need to collect 1,000,000 points.

Campbells Labels For Education Program


Eugene Perdue remembered as 'fair,' 'respected' community leader

The Rome and Floyd County education community lost a giant when Eugene Perdue
died this week.

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Deaf Woman Dies After Saturday House Fire

A hearing-impaired woman died Sunday night from her injuries after she was
injured in an early-morning house fire Saturday.

Read more at :


**** DISCLAIMER ****

The OCDAC Newsletter is designed to share information of interest to people with
disabilities, their friends, associates, and relatives and promote advocacy in
the disability community. Information circulated herein does not necessarily
express the views of The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center. The OCDAC
Newsletter is non-partisan. OCDAC Newsletter does not sell advertising space.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is a community based organization that
puts people with disabilities first in their advocacy for equal opportunities in
safety, health, and productive living.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center provides services for disabled
individuals and their families in our community who need help in navigating the
social services maze. Every day people go without proper food, shelter, and
essential medical care every day due to a variety of factors including low
wages, job loss, injuries, illness, age, domestic violence, or divorce. While
all of us are susceptible to hard times, disabled individuals are at the most
risk. With the generous support of people like you, we are able to help many of
these families and individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but to
work toward a brighter future with programs in job training, education,
counseling, elderly assistance, and temporary housing.

Feel free to forward this email message IN ITS ENTIRETY to anyone and any of
your personal mailing lists so we can get the important messages out far and
wide and encourage them to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our physical address is P.O. Box 4339, Santa Ana, California, 92702-4339 and
this email is in compliance with CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

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